Happy Hump Day

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I thought I’d take advantage of the few free hours I have today and write a bit.  How is it that I am so much busier during the summer??  I am really looking forward to our week away in a couple of weeks.  I plan to thoroughly relax!!

I’m still eating Whole 30, though I’m not doing a specific timed challenge.  I plan my meals based on Whole 30.  I don’t do it perfectly by any means, but it’s a lot better than how I was eating before with constantly counting calories in and out.  It’s surprising and funny how certain new ways of eating have become good habits now.

For instance, my morning coffee.  I never thought I could enjoy my coffee without a sweetener, specifically Bailey’s hazelnut creamer.  Well, I can, and I can’t believe I enjoy my coffee with just a teaspoon of full fat canned coconut milk with a sprinkle of cinnamon now.  After my first W30 challenge, I went and bought some Bailey’s creamer.  After using it again for a few days I realized I just didn’t feel good using it and went back to the coconut milk 🙂  I love it and I feel like i am getting the true rich flavor of coffee now.

The other product I can’t live without is coconut oil.  I cook everything in it.  I still use olive oil from time to time, which is W30 compliant, but coconut oil is my fat of choice!

A new discovery I recently caved and bought is Pink Himalayan Sea Salt.  Wegman’s has a 10oz bottle with a built in adjustable grinder.  It is supposed to have many healthy benefits as opposed to regular table salt, so thought I’d give it a try.  I’ve been cooking with it this week……tastes like salt 🙂

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I did finally buy the Well Fed cookbook I’ve heard so much about.  All in all, I am disappointed in it.  I expected a lot more protein/dinner type meals in it.  Plus, I feel the majority of the ones that are in there, just aren’t that great sounding.  What I have made has been good and will definitely make again, but I think I would have been just fine getting recipes off of the internet.

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One recipe from Well Fed that I just loved and will be a staple is the Country Captain Chicken.  Oh my, the chicken turned out so tender and the meat just fell apart.  It was so good.  I did tweak it to my liking by omitting the curry powder and using chicken breasts instead of thighs.  It was delicious and my family loved it.

This past Monday I made the meat and Spinach muffins (forget the actual name), from Well Fed.  What I like is that the author gives different variations of these muffins to make, so I made the Asian ones.  They consist of ground pork, Chinese 5 spice powder, coconut aminos (another product I use consistently), spinach, onions, and egg.  These turned out great.  I love when I can make a big batch of something and use it in different meals for a few days.  In fact I used 2 of the muffins in my breakfast this morning.  I scrambled 2 organic brown eggs with some organic baby kale leaves, then crumbled up 2 of the muffins and mixed it all up.  Deliciousness!!

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This Feedjit widget on my blog is pretty cool.  I love seeing where all the visitors to my blog are from.  A lot of different states and countries!  Please say hello when you stop by!!

Hope everyone is doing well on their Whole 30s and whatever other journeys you may be embarking on 🙂  Have a marvelous week!!

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Whole 30 Round 2

My Yogi sweet tangerine tea message this morning……

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So, I said I was going to do a mini W30 and do a 15 day stretch instead.  Well, the first 7 days went well, and then it really fell apart after that!  Now I am really feeling sluggish and yucky again!  I slowly went back to old eating habits.  It really is amazing how what I eat affects me.  The differences are so obvious.

Surprisingly I was able to run my small part in the NJ Law Enforcement Torch Run last Friday.  It was a small victory for me considering I dropped the ball with training for it and didn’t prepare for it like I should have.  The last time I did an official run was 2 1/2 years ago.  I almost dropped out knowing I wasn’t ready, but didn’t feel good doing that since I made the committment to my “coach” that I’d do it.  It was a small 3.5 mile run in the rain.  I expected I was going to need to stop and hitch a ride with the officers that rode along with us……..but I didn’t.  I ran from the Medford Lakes PD to the Medford Shop Rite all in one piece.  It was mostly mental that I got through it.  It helped having encouraging words from “coach” who ran along with me.  I am happy I stuck with it and hope to run more of the leg next year.  Most of my team mates ran the entire 20 miles that day, in torrential rain.  When I met up with them at ML PD at 9:30, they had already been running since 7am from Marlton, and continued to run after I stopped, onto Lumberton.  They are awesome.  I have a very encouraging “coach” who got me to do this, always saying I could and believing in me.  It makes all the difference.  He’s a very positive influence on many people in the community, from his martial arts with kids to kick boxing and running with adults.  He had me up early on Saturday mornings to go run with him.  That’s huge for me!  He pushes himself and others to do their best and strive to go further.  It’s his influence that is making me sign up for more runs…….  because, what do you know……I can do it after all.  My family was really proud of me too and my husband surprised me with flowers for my small feat.

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So I decided to do another Whole 30 way sooner than expected.  I really wanted to start yesterday, but I am taking my mom out for her birthday today, and I am letting myself eat whatever.  Lately when I go visit my parents I bring my own “special” food and pass up going out with them.  Well, not today.  Not only is it her birthday, but she just completed at home radiation for thyroid cancer and has been stuck at home in isolation for a week.  She needs to get out and celebrate!  There’s a lot to be thankful for!!

I am looking forward to eating W30 again.  I have some yummy meals lined up the first week including a citrus marinated london broil, apple bacon pork burgers, and mustard lime chicken.  I will continue to blog, but not sure about keeping up with pictures.  We’ll see.  I do expect some bumps during the next 30 days.  We have a couple of graduation parties, 4th of July, and our 21st wedding anniversary on June 27.  I feel very positive about it though and looking forward to feeling super healthy again 🙂  Hope everyone has a beautiful day.  Be and stay grateful.

Day 8, Week 2!

Yay!  Week 2!  Crazy busy Monday with not much time to prep and get things together.  Had to go easy.  I think for the rest of the challenge I have to shop early Sunday morning so I can get my week off to a better start.

Breakfast: Easy 2 egg and spinach scramble

Lunch: Lemon and garlic shrimp sauté over spinach, and a bottle of GT’s Gingerade Kombucha.  LOVE the ginger.  The shrimp dish was easy to throw together since I had nothing ready ahead of time.  I take whatever amount of shrimp I need out of the freezer, thaw it quickly under cold water, and it’s ready to go.  I love this dish too.  Delicious and easy.

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Dinner: Damn Fine Chicken!  Recipe found here: http://nomnompaleo.com/post/4207543396/damn-fine-chicken.  I was way too tired to cook up any veggies and just had some sliced grape tomatoes.

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All in all, it was a pretty light food day compared to how I ate last week.  Just no time and too much going on!  Time for the finale of The Following!

Day 5 :)

Friday had a shaky start, but it didn’t last too long.  The morning started with waking up with the same headache, ugh.  I so wanted to go back to bed after the kids left for school, but didn’t want to miss an opportunity to kick box this morning.  I was just so tired.  I really had to fight it.  Class went pretty good.  My headache was completely gone at the end of class.  I definitely felt weak and my right front kicks were a bit difficult since I have a clotted up superficial vein in that leg.  I just took it easy on that side.  Surprisingly I burned 650 cals in the class.  I forgot to stop my heart rate monitor when class finished so it was still running for the 10 minutes that I stayed after class.  When I left, my calories burned went up to 756….yay!  I think my heart worked more efficiently with the slowing down.  I am looking forward to a busy morning tomorrow with the 7:30 outside run training session then an hour kick boxing at 9am!

Not sure if I used the most correct food for my pre-workout, but it’s what I used to do awhile ago, and it works for me.  I had a small banana with a heaping tablespoon of almond butter.  I saved breakfast for after class and was in a rush so that was just some leftover breakfast casserole.  I understand that Whole 30 says to have an additional meal after working out, but honestly, I don’t think I could work all that in with the rest of the meals.  Here’s the rest ~

Lunch: Some leftover roasted chicken, a piece of breakfast casserole, some sauteed onions and mushrooms, a little pineapple with a fresh brewed glass of Tazo Berry Blossom White Tea. Yes, it was too much food.  I ate all except the casserole, just  maybe about half of that.

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Dinner: Cumin Spiced Slow Cooked Pork, recipe here: http://everydaypaleo.com/cumin-spiced-slow-cooked-pork/ with sauteed baby kale and half an avocado.  Super delicious!

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5 days down and I’ve already lost a few pounds….eating real food!  It’s a lot of work, but I think it will be worth it in so many ways ~

Day 1!

Ok, so here it goes.  I am beginning the Whole 30 challenge today.  I am hoping by journaling publicly, it will keep me accountable for the next 30 days.  Blogging publicly is a scary thing in itself since I am such a private person.

The catalyst that brought me here is to break a plateau in my weight loss  Up to now, I’ve been keeping my calorie intake at roughly 1200cal/day.  It’s gotten me in shape and on a healthy path, but I have a little more to go.  I workout by taking intense kickboxing classes 4-5 times a week.  On average I burn 650 cals/hour in one class.  It’s an awesome hour of cardio and strength training.  Each instructor brings their own twist to it giving the classes a ton of variety.  No one class is ever the same.  One of these instructors got me interested in doing Whole 30.  She is a Superwoman and has been a huge inspiration and help getting me started!

Now, I know Whole 30 isn’t about losing weight, but about fueling your body with healthy good food.  I just know I need to do something different to break this plateau I’ve been stuck on since the holidays.  This is such a new way of eating for me, that it just may be what I need to make some kind of breakthrough, no matter how small it may be.  Even if I don’t lose weight, it certainly won’t be bad for me, and i think I can expect to see other positive changes.  Some outcomes I hope to see are increased body definition and hopefully an end to my afternoon sluggishness.

I already conquered a change I was dreading………no more Bailey’s Hazelnut creamer in my morning cup ‘o joe.  I threw it away last night so I wouldn’t be tempted to use it today.  I was contemplating still using it, I mean how bad would it really mess me up, just using 1 Tbsp every day?  But, I decided, if I am going to do this, I have to commit 100%.  In it’s place I used the “cream” from a refrigerated can of full fat coconut milk.  I have to say, it wasn’t bad.  It gave my coffee creaminess, but unfortunately, no sweetness.  I think I can handle it for the next 30 days.  Small challenge #1 accomplished!

So, on the menu today for me:

Breakfast: 2 large organic brown scrambled eggs cooked with coconut oil and sauteed baby kale and spinach.

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Lunch: Avocado Chicken Salad with a side of roasted asparagus…. Recipe here: http://relishscd.blogspot.ca/2012/11/avacado-chicken-salad-scd-paleo.html

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Dinner: Seafood Stew………it has shrimp and tilapia in it!  Recipe for the stew can be found here:  http://everydaypaleo.com/caribbean-seafood-stew.  I made this for tonight and it tastes and smells absolutely delicious!  I can’t wait to eat it!

So, I have my protein, veggies, and fats.  I am freaked out about portions……..I mean how much of this chicken salad is ok to have in one serving??  There isn’t any calorie counting with this challenge, and I find that quite daunting!  I am so afraid of over eating.  I guess I just have to learn as I go and welcome any suggestions, tips, and corrections since I feel like I don’t know what I am doing!  I am already guessing I didn’t have enough veggies with lunch.  Gotta work on that.

Oh and coconut oil?   LOVE it!  My house smells amazing 🙂